My coworker Linda Codega was disappointed by how little was disclosed about the plot in the first full trailer for the Netflix anime series Cyberpunk: Edgerunners when it appeared at the beginning of the month.
Even the new, NSFW trailer for the series, which is set in the same universe as the Cyberpunk 2077 video game, doesn’t reveal much beyond the fact that it will be beautifully drawn and incredibly violent.
As for the tale itself, Netflix has simply provided the following summary: “The series tells a solo, a 10-episode story about a street boy fighting to live in Night City—a technology and body modification-obsessed city of the future.”
After realizing he had nothing to lose, he turned to the life of an edge runner, or “mercenary outlaw,” more commonly known as a “cyberpunk.” Now, the title of the anime is essentially… Cyberpunks are the cyberpunks.
Ironically, despite the fact that I have had five physical changes put on my eyes, they were unable to stand up to the flashing lights and colors of the trailer. (Though none of the operations were what you’d term “cyberpunk” in the medical field.
However, there were several lasers engaged. But what I could make out is Studio Trigger’s normally magnificent and badass animation, as previously seen in Kill La Kill, Promark, and that extra-rad chapter of Star Wars: Visions. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners could look much cooler, in my opinion. In reality, I’ll probably only be able to envision it, if I want to keep my eyes in my head.
5 Things We Should Expect Online in A Decade, According to A Futurist
The previous decade has seen significant shifts in the ways we interact with the digital world. Only yesterday were we spending hours on end downloading the newest Hawthorne Heights album from Limewire while conversing with friends over MSN on a dial-up connection.
Being “online” in the modern era, even on a “good” internet day, is like being dropped naked and defenseless into a strange wilderness. Although we now have access to a much faster and more reliable internet, we must all continually navigate a world of offensive memes, shifting algorithms, annoying pop-up adverts, and emerging social media platforms.
It’s safe to argue that we’re more reliant than ever on the internet and other forms of digital infrastructure, but with the rate at which things are evolving, it’s difficult to imagine what the future might hold.
Bryan Froud, Director of Collaboration Design and Work Futurist at JLL, says, “My (optimistic) hope is that the online experience is more seamless, immersive, and intuitive.”
Within the next decade, the vast majority of people will spend more time online (connected) than they do away from the internet. It is expected that various new gadgets and data points will be available to retail consumers as a result of the combination of 5G and developing technologies enabling Gigabit speeds, as well as the adoption of IoT. The ability to get online whenever, anywhere, will revolutionize our daily lives.